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IT Networking and Infrastructure Administration (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Business / Information Technology Career Cluster

All campuses
Program Code: 31-150-2

For Information: 414-297-6395
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview — Through hands-on coursework, you will set up network operating systems and work with emerging technologies.

Certification preparations in this program include: VMware Certified Professional (VCP-DCV), Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server and Client, and CompTIA (A+, Network+ and Security+).

Keys to your success include keeping up with the latest technologies, having strong problem-solving skills, and having the ability to work alone and with others in training and troubleshooting capacities.

Online and Accelerated Options — The courses in this diploma can be taken in a traditional face-to-face format, in an accelerated online format or in an accelerated face-to-face format. For information about the accelerated options, see the web page for the IT Network Specialist - Accelerated degree program. 


Career Pathway —  After earning this technical diploma, your credits can be applied toward completing the IT Network Specialist associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — This program will prepare you to obtain an entry-level information technology position with possibilities for advancement. Employment opportunities are strong, including positions for network administrators, network specialists, network technicians and desktop support specialists.

View gainful employment data about this program

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates  to: 

  • Implement and manage network security
  • Install and upgrade network/server hardware, software and operating systems
  • Support, monitor and maintain computers and computer networks
  • Control network access using firewalls, ACLs and VLANs
  • Implement methods to increase network performance
  • Troubleshoot and resolve network problems
  • Work with emerging technologies such as machine virtualization, wireless networking and VoIP
  • Develop technical documentation
  • Concentrate on detailed projects for long periods of time
  • Solve problems individually and in a team environment

Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • One year of high school-level algebra or one semester of college-level algebra
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


Possible Careers
Cisco Certified Network Associate
Desktop Support Specialist
IT Field Technician
Junior Network Administrator
Junior Network Engineer/Analyst/Specialist
Network Specialist
Network Technician
VMware System Administrator

Related Programs
IT Network Specialist
IT Network Specialist - Accelerated
IT Information Systems Security Specialist
Digital Forensics Analyst

Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

Sixteen-Week Terms   Credits
(1)  ITNET-101 Network Communications (Network+) 3
(1)  ITNET-131 Introduction to Networks (Cisco 1) 3
(1)  ITNET-110 Manage Windows Desktop Client Operating System 3
(2)  ITNET-132 Routing/Switching Essentials (Cisco 2) ‡ 3
(2)  ITNET-112 MS Server Administration 1 3
(2)  ITNET-157 Emerging IT Technologies ‡ 3
(3)  ITNET-111 MS Server Administration 2 3
(3)  ITNET-133 Scaling Networks (Cisco 3) ‡ 3
(3)  ITNET-134

Connecting Networks (Cisco 4) ‡

(3)  MATH-123 Math With Business Applications ‡





‡ Prerequisite required.  

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated October 2017.